Secretary of State dismisses stadium development planning appeal


Tuesday, 14 December, 2021

The Secretary of State has dismissed a planning application appeal by developer, GolDev, to redevelop the Laithwaite Community Stadium and surrounding area.

The decision follows a two-week Planning Inspectorate public inquiry earlier this year, following GolDev’s planning appeal into the decision by Woking Borough Council’s Planning Committee to refuse planning permission at its meeting on 23 June 2020.

The planning application would have seen the redevelopment of the Laithwaite Community Stadium to deliver a new stadium, associated facilities and additional housing.

Julie Fisher, Woking Borough Council’s Chief Executive, said: “I know that many residents, who campaigned passionately against the development proposals submitted by GolDev, will be relieved by this decision.

“Without planning permission, it means that all financial and development agreements entered into between GolDev and Woking Borough Council shall be brought to an end.”

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